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Priest Faces Federal Child Porn Charges

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 10 (UPI) — A Roman Catholic priest in Missouri has been indicted on federal child pornography charges. The indictment handed up Tuesday charges the Rev. Shawn Francis Ratigan still took sexually suggestive photographs months after church officials removed him from a parish position and ordered him to stay away from children, […]

Crime Matriarch Gets 26 Years For Murder

MELBOURNE, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Judy Moran, matriarch of an Australian crime family, denied participating in the killing of her brother-in-law as she was sentenced Wednesday to 26 years. The man who shot Des “Tuppence” Moran, Geoffrey “Nutts” Armour, received the same sentence, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported. Judy Moran was convicted in March of […]

King Says ‘headwinds’ Are Gaining Strength

LONDON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Bank of England Gov. Mervyn King said Wednesday public and private debt is a mounting barrier to economic growth, which has already turned sluggish. In remarks accompanying the August inflation report, King said, “There are a number of headwinds to world and domestic growth over the forecast period, not least […]

Suit Filed In Car Crash Victim Mix-up

CHANDLER, Ariz., Aug. 10 (UPI) — An Arizona couple who prepared a funeral for their daughter only to learn she had survived a serious car crash say they’ve filed a suit against the state. Sergio and Maria Guerra of Glendale say the state Department of Public Safety failed to follow a DPS policy requiring officers […]

Judge Rules Former Chicago Mayor Daley Can Be Sued

CHICAGO, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A federal judge has ruled former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley can be sued as a defendant in a police brutality case dating back to the 1980s. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer applies to just one of several lawsuits involving alleged brutality conspiracies that happened under former Chicago […]

Red Cross Warns Of Attacks On Workers

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Attacks on healthcare facilities and workers in war zones are a serious problem, the International Committee of the Red Cross in Switzerland said Wednesday. The aid group said hospitals have been shelled, ambulances have been shot at and medical personnel who treated protesters have been put on trial, all […]

NATO Denies Libyan Casualty Claims

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 10 (UPI) — NATO officials denied Libyan government claims that 85 civilians died in a NATO airstrike near the city of Zlitan, saying the target was a military facility. “We do not have evidence of civilian casualties at this stage, although casualties among military personnel, including mercenaries, are very likely due to […]

HIV-positive Teen Denied Bail On Sex Charges

EDMONTON, Alberta, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A Canadian teenage girl charged with having unprotected sex without telling her partners she is HIV-positive was denied bail in Edmonton, Alberta. The 17-year-old faces two charges of aggravated sexual assault and was arrested Saturday hitchhiking out of the city after police published her name and photograph. Police sought […]

Khartoum Denies Role In Abyei Incident

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — The Sudanese government denied allegations it delayed air clearance for peacekeepers wounded by a land mine in the troubled Abyei region. Four U.N. peacekeepers died last week after their vehicle struck a mine near the Abyei region. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blamed Khartoum for the incident. “We are […]

Refinancing Surges In Week

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — The Mortgage Bankers Association said U.S. mortgage activity increased dramatically in the week ending last Friday as interest rates fell. Interest rates for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages dropped from 4.45 percent to 4.37 percent with points increasing from 0.78 to 1.07. Rates for 15-year, fixed-rate contracts were unchanged at 3.52 percent […]

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